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CWS@LAA: Ramirez scores go-ahead run on a wild pitch

ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after the game that he couldn't remember the last time he'd seen a pitcher make the same mistake that doomed Kevin Jepsen and the Halos on Wednesday night against the White Sox.

While attempting to intentionally walk Paul Konerko to load the bases with one out in the top of the 10th, Jepsen sailed the first pitch well over catcher Hank Conger's head, allowing Alexei Ramirez to score the go-ahead run from third base as the White Sox rallied for five runs in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings for a 6-4 win at Angel Stadium.

"I threw it about 10 feet too high," said Jepsen, who was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake earlier in the day after the Angels placed Francisco Rodriguez on the 15-day DL because of an injured right shoulder.

"Sometimes when you're intentionally walking a guy you tend to be too easy, I guess. Sometimes you just need to put more on it just to make sure you get it there. That shouldn't happen."

Jepsen wasn't the only Halos reliever to suffer from an off night, as Jordan Walden and Fernando Rodney both struggled, too.

An inning after Rodney came out and surrendered one run to cut the Angels' lead down to two, the Halos' closer promptly gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in allowing the White Sox to tie the game at 4 in the top of the ninth.

Walden started off the frame with a walk to Adam Dunn, who went 4-for-5 with a double and a home run, and then gave up consecutive one-out singles that saw the White Sox creep to within a single run. Omar Vizquel tied the game with a sacrifice fly to deep center.

The blown save is Walden's second in his last three opportunities, as he gave up two runs on three hits while blowing a save against the Red Sox on May 4.

"They were on the edge all night," Scioscia said. "We got out of jams all night. We really pitched behind in the count. Tyler Chatwood made some pitches to get of trouble, and turned it over to guys who have thrown the ball well for us for the eighth and ninth.

" ... These guys have been really doing the job. We didn't get it done tonight. We'll have to regroup and do a better job on Friday."

The disappointing result on the field was overshadowed, though, by the news that Kendrys Morales has elected to have a second operation on his injured left ankle, which he broke last May 29 while jumping on home plate in celebration of a walk-off home run. The surgery will force Morales to miss the rest of the season.

"It's something that we hoped wouldn't come to this," Scioscia said. "We had every anticipation in the winter and spring that Kendrys would be with us. This is certainly disappointing, but it's the reality of the situation. He needs this procedure and we're going to have to move forward and concentrate on what we have. We have a good team moving forward and we're going to play well throughout the summer."

Prior to the bullpen's collapse, the Angels followed what has been their preferred blueprint for success in a world without Morales' big bat: starting pitching and situational hitting.

Despite allowing at least two baserunners in each of the first five innings, Chatwood was able to hold the White Sox from getting the one key hit to open up a big lead. Chatwood induced double-play balls in the first and fourth innings to escape trouble, and in the third he got Alex Rios to weakly pop out to second baseman Maicer Izturis to strand runners at second and third with the game tied at 1.

In all, Chatwood scattered eight hits and walked three while giving up just a solo home run to Dunn in the top of the third.

"I think Tyler, he didn't panic out there," Scioscia said. "He stayed in his game. That's a terrific lineup over there. They haven't shown it yet but they're starting to swing the bats, and the White Sox can come back in games, as they showed tonight." It was a similar performance to his previous outing against Chicago on April 16, when he yielded just a solo homer in seven innings at U.S. Cellular Field to pick up the first win of his career.

Torii Hunter gave the Angels a 1-0 lead when he tripled home Izturis with two outs in the first against Chicago starter Jake Peavy, who was making his first start in the Majors since he suffered a shoulder injury against the Angels last July. Hunter continued his success with two outs in the third with a single to center field that scored Erick Aybar.

Alberto Callaspo extended the Angels' lead to 4-1 in the sixth with an RBI single.

Peavy threw 87 pitches in six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out four.

"For the first time out in almost a year, to do what he did was good," White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "It was a good outing for Jake, and hopefully he can build on it." Comments